PNM's Energy Efficiency Programs,
Building Operator Credentialing
Navigated in November
Members and supporters of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico gathered in November to learn how to help their commercial facilities save energy and money, and how to advance their own professional standing in the facility management trade by taking advantage of reduced cost training to become a certified building operator. Victoriano Ceballos, PNM's Building Tune-Up Engineer, led the information-packed discussion.
"The main program purpose is focused on retrofit, new construction, building tune-up, and the 'quick-saver and midstream models'. The goal is to incentivize PNM business customers to use less electricity and become more efficient by installing off-the-shelf products and services. As public money is being rebated, there are requirements to qualify," he said.
Why energy efficiency? The customer advantages include financial benefits such as lower long-term energy consumption, cash incentives to reduce cost of energy efficient measures, the opportunity to maximize capital dollars and shorten the investment payback period, and also reduce maintenance costs and long-term operating costs.
Other benefits include increased property value and leasing ability, increased employee productivity and tenant comfort, and real the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment through water savings and emissions reductions.
Ceballos delineated the retrofit rebates which offer prescriptive incentives on a per-unit basis for common predetermined energy saving technologies such as lighting and lighting controls, HVAC, refrigeration, motors, and the VSDs on HVAC fans and pumps. He also provided detailed information on the "Retro-Commissioning" program, and the "Building Tune-Up" program.
Additionally, PNM supports the Building Operator Certification (BOC) training, underwritten by the Santa Fe Community College. Here facility managers learned about incentives to attend the BOC classes and how this program is a national workforce training and credentialing initiative, targeting facility operators working in medium to large commercial or industrial buildings. "PNM will provide up to $1,200.00 toward tuition reimbursement," Ceballos said. Testimonials to the benefits of the program were underscored by two FMANM members, George Jimenez from Nusenda Credit Union, and Tom Plummer with Indian Health Service, both supporters of and graduates of the program, themselves and their facility staffs.
Supplier members were offered the opportunity to explore becoming industry partners with PNM in providing the products and services which help facilities attain energy efficiency. Tim Overman with Voss Lighting commented on his profitable relationship with PNM as his company assists in the lighting retrofitting aspects of the retrofit-rebate offering.
Need details? The entire FMANM presentation is at WWW.PNMENERGYEFFICIENCY.COM.
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